Salt Water Pool Conversion – Pros and Cons

3. Lower Maintenance

Saline pool maintenance is very simple. It is the salt system that gives you the chlorine you need.

While the appropriate pool chemical levels still need to be checked, this is really simple to do. When levels are not as they should be, the fix is simple.

2. Softer Water

Even if chlorine is still present in salt water pools, the water is really mild. The salt content is similar to what you naturally get in human tears.

Swimming in the pool becomes a really pleasant experience as you are able to open your eyes underwater without feeling a burn or a sting.

1. Lower Costs

When you have a salt water pool, the chemicals you have to buy are a lot cheaper than with the traditional chlorine system. The evaporation of salt is not like that of chlorine.


The evaporated chlorine rarely has to be replaced. In most cases, you just need to add salt to the pool system 2 times per season. This sums up to $70 to $100 per year.

With the regular chlorine pool, yearly maintenance costs are between $300 and $800.

salt water pool disadvantagesSalt Water Pool Conversion Disadvantages

The main disadvantages you have to be aware of are:

5. High Calcium & pH Build-up

The water’s pH level in a salt pool rises fast. It is important to control pH levels because when you do not, you end up with calcium that scales in the salt cell and the pool.

Fortunately, it is easy to test pool pH levels every single week. When levels go down, some muriatic acid can be added.


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